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Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | | Drama, Western | 15 April 2011 (UK)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director:

Kelly Reichardt

Writer:

Jonathan Raymond (screenplay) (as Jon Raymond)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michelle Williams ... Emily Tetherow
Bruce Greenwood ... Stephen Meek
Will Patton ... Soloman Tetherow
Zoe Kazan ... Millie Gately
Paul Dano ... Thomas Gately
Shirley Henderson ... Glory White
Neal Huff ... William White
Tommy Nelson ... Jimmy White
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... The Indian
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The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy. Written by Oscilloscope

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Drama | Western

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Rated PG for some mild violent content, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Meek's Oregon 1845 Cutoff See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,024, 10 April 2011

Gross USA:

$977,772

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,205,257
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on a true incident involving trail guide Stephen Meek and a band of settlers in 1845. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene with the three women walking, there was abundant Russian thistle on the ground. The film was set in 1845, but Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) wasn't introduced to the United States until arriving in South Dakota in 1870 or 1874, as weed seed in flaxseed imported from Russia. See more »

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[first lines]
Jimmy White: [reading from Genesis] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
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Nearer, My God, To Thee
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Written by Sarah F. Adams and Lowell Mason
Performed by Neal Huff
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slow paced but you dwell on it for days afterward
11 June 2011 | by DarleneBicycle10See all my reviews

I have many friends who don't like most of the high tech movies that involve car races, shoot um ups, special effects & overall fast pace.

well, here is a movie for you! Slow & easy it is You take a small group of travelers in 3 covered wagons & experience what it was like 150+ years ago for the folks who settled the rugged and undeveloped areas of our country.

Wandering travelers and dependent on a guide who is "lost" and then a captured Indian who is questionable in where he leads. No real communication with the language barrier.

It wasn't pretty. But they did not know much different and had the simpler life in every way imaginable. For those who long for the "good old days" I think this exemplifies that the nostalgic images lack reality At the end we don't know if the party survived, if a baby was born and lived, if the Indian took pity (if it was an ambush) on the brave woman who defended and protected him.

I can envision a sequel with the story narrated by the young boy in the party as an adult looking back. The photography is very rich and tells a story of its own. The music is bold and beautiful. The acting is very well done & well cast.

In a way I was disappointed after I saw it but then in reflection decided I was very amazed with what was conveyed and the real impact it had on me. Not a movie for everyone but a well done work of art


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